Saturday, April 15, 2006
Where's My Money Man?
Refund for 19,000 will be discussed
By Angela Lau
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
April 15, 2006
ENCINITAS – The failed $5-a-month clean-water fee on January's mail-in ballot cost the city $128,000, money that critics say could have been better spent on cash-strapped capital projects.
City officials released this week an accounting of the election, which had been demanded by opponents of the measure. The report will be considered by the City Council on Wednesday.
Council members also are expected to decide then how to refund $1.62 million in clean-water fees collected from 19,000 property owners without their approval.
The money was charged through their trash bills from April 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005. Each household is due an $85 refund.
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Where's the money?